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The Ring on KING FM: Götterdämmerung

Saturday, February 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Radio: 98.1 KING FM | Online:

Music and Libretto by Richard Wagner

The date here broadcast at 10 AM on KING FM was recorded August, 2005. Cast information and a full synopsis are found below. Whether you are new to the Ring or a long time fan, enjoy fun facts surrounding the 2005 Ring and tips on what to listen for in a blog article from dramaturg Jonathan Dean. 

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(Listed in order of appearance)

CONDUCTOR: Robert Spano

FIRST NORN, Ewa Podleś
SECOND NORN, Stephanie Blythe
THIRD NORN, Margaret Jane Wray
SIEGFRIED, Alan Woodrow
GUNTHER, Gordon Hawkins
HAGEN, Gidon Saks
GUTRUNE, Marie Plette
WALTRAUTE, Nancy Maultsby
ALBERICH, Richard Paul Fink
WOGLINDE, Wendy Hill
WELLGUNDE, Mary Phillips
FLOSSHILDE, Jennifer Hines



Violin I
Walter Schwede, Concertmaster
Simon James, Asst. Concertmaster
Jennifer Bai
Mariel Bailey
Cecilia Buss
Xiao-Po Fei
Virginia Hunt Luce
John Pilskog
Mikhail Shmidt
Clark Story
Marjorie Talvi
Jeanine Wells Yablonsky
Kyung Chee Yeung
Arthur Zadinsky

Violin II
Michael Miropolsky, Principal
Kathleen Stern, Asst. Principal
Gennady Filimonov
Stephen Bryant
Linda Cole
Wesley Fisk
Ingrid Fredrickson
Sande Gillette
Larisa Miropolsky
Eric Scott
Laurel Wells
Andrew Yeung

Dorothy Shapiro, Principal
Timothy Hale, Asst. Principal
Arie Schachter
Betty Agent
Vincent Comer
Wesley Anderson Dyring
Jan-Marie Joyce
Scott Ligocki
Laura Renz

Susan Williams, Principal
Vivian Gu, Asst. Principal
Theresa Benshoof, Asst. Principal
Bruce Bailey
Paige Bilski
Roberta Downey
Richard Eckert
Charles Jacot
Rajan Krishnaswami
Matthew Millar

Todd Larsen, Principal
Ronald Simon, Asst. Principal
Nancy Page Griffin
Joe Kaufman
Bruce Lawrence
Ben Musa
Stephen Schermer

Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby, Principal
Karla Flygare
Erin James
Kirsten G. James

Kirsten G. James
Erin James

Nathan Hughes, Principal
John DeJarnatt
Bernard Shapiro

English Horn
Glen Danielson, Principal

Christoper Sereque, Principal
Laura DeLuca
Sean Osborne

Bass Clarinet
Jennifer Nelson

Seth Krimsky
Paul Rafanelli
Michael Gamburg

Michael Gamburg

French Horn
Mark Robbins, Principal
Rodger Burnett, Asst. Principal
Adam Iascone
Susan Carroll
Benjamin Kinsman
Jeff Fair
James Weaver
Joe Berger
Larry Johnson

David Gordon, Principal
Richard Pressley
Justin Emerich

Bass Trumpet
David L. Ritt, Principal

Hamod Abu-Eid, Principal
Don Immel
Tom Joyce
Stephen Fissel

Christopher Olka, Principal

Tenor Tuba
Jeff Fair
James Weaver

Bass Tuba
Joe Berger
Sue Carroll
Larry Johnson

Michael Crusoe, Principal
Ronald Johnson

Randolph Baunton, Principal
Michael Clark
Matthew Kocmieroski
Rob Tucker

Valerie Muzzolini, Principal
John Carrington
Jill Whitman
Callista McKasson



Donna Baldwin
Emily Clubb
Karen Early Evans
Melanie Hingson
Dana Johnson
Barbara Jones
Mary McLaughlin
Eleanor Stallcop-Horrox


Celia Kerr
Jean Leavens
YeonSoo Lee
Carmen Leon
Gail Neil
Diane Radabaugh

Guy Bogar
David Bukey
Leodigario del Rosario
Michael Dudley
Gunnar Goerlitz
Thomas Green
John Gulhaugen
Auston James
Stephen Leigh Jones
Dustin Kasper
Geam Lim
Bob Leavens
Matt Lecar
Ian Lindsay
Charles Logan
Roger Longbotham
Jim Miller
Glenn Nielsen
Rick Olsen
Philip Parham
Karl Reyes
George Scott
Daniel Shelhamer
Frederick Soo
Brian Stachurski
Marlon Trigg
Vince Veile
Bryan Webb

Garry Aganesyants
Michael Beetham
Gregory Carroll
Monty Carter
Jay Cook
Michael Dunlap
James Elliott
Jon Farmer
Ryan Francis
Craig Grayson
Glenn Guhr
Tom Hingson
Leo Jackson
Gregory Lewis
Gene Ma
Gabriel McDonald
Erik Miles
Eric Molgard
Michael Monnikendam
Justin Moore
Steve Perry
Skip Satterwhite
Friedrich Schlott
Timothy Sexton
Jeremy Shilley
John Wagner
Karl Wangler
Ron Wohl
Philip Woodward
Daniel Yarr
Brett Youngquist


Full Synopsis

The three Norns read the thread of destiny and remember how Wotan sacrificed one eye to drink at the Spring of Wisdom and made his spear from a branch of the World Ash Tree. When they remember Alberich’s curse, the thread of destiny snaps and they return to Erda, their mother. At sunrise, Siegfried is about to embark down the Rhine. As a token of her love, Brünnhilde gives him her horse, Grane. Siegfried gives Brünnhilde the ring as a token of his.

Act I
Hagen, son of Alberich, urges his half-brother King Gunther and his half-sister Gutrune to marry Brünnhilde and Siegfried, but he does not reveal the existing relationship between the pair. When Siegfried arrives at Gunther’s castle, Gutrune, on Hagen’s advice gives Siegfried a magic drink that erases his memory of Brünnhilde and causes him to fall in love with Gutrune. Siegfried offers to help Gunther win Brünnhilde for his wife if, as a reward, Siegfried may have Gutrune as his own. Gunther and Siegfried drink an oath of blood brotherhood and depart for Brünnhilde’s rock, leaving Hagen to watch over the castle.

Brünnhilde hears the familiar call of Waltraute, one of her Valkyrie sisters, as she approaches the rock. Waltraute tells her of the doom facing Valhalla and the gods. She pleads with Brünnhilde to return the ring to the Rhine Daughters and end the power of Alberich’s curse, but Brünnhilde will not relinquish Siegfried’s pledge of love. Waltraute leaves and Siegfried appears, disguised as Gunther by the Tarnhelm.

When Brünnhilde asks who he is, he says he is Gunther, a Gibichung who will force her to marry him. They struggle, and he rips the ring from her finger. Alone, he calls upon Nothung to bear witness that he will respect his oath of blood brotherhood with Gunther. Then he follows Brünnhilde into her cave.

Act II
Alberich appears to Hagen and urges his son to win back the ring from Siegfried. Siegfried returns, eagerly anticipating his wedding to Gutrune. When Siegfried explains that Brünnhilde and Gunther are not far behind, Hagen summons Gunther’s courtiers to pay homage to their new queen. Gunther and Brünnhilde arrives, and she is startled to find Siegfried. Seeing the ring on his finger, she knows she has been betrayed. She declares that Siegfried, not Gunther, won her as his wife and made love to her. Siegfried and Brünnhilde swear on Hagen’s spear that they are speaking the truth. Siegfried leads the guests into the wedding feast, and Brünnhilde, Gunther, and Hagen are left alone. When Hagen offers to avenge Brünnhilde by murdering Siegfried, she confides that her magic has made Siegfried invulnerable except on his back, which she knew he would never turn to any enemy. The three plot Siegfried’s death.

Separated from a hunting party, Siegfried comes upon the Rhine Daughters, who beg him to give back the ring. Although they threaten him with the ring’s curse, he keeps it to prove he’s not afraid. Siegfried tells his fellow hunters about his youth, and Hagen restores his memory with another drink. Siegfried then recalls how he first won Brünnhilde. As two ravens fly out of a thicket, Siegfried turns to watch them, and Hagen plunges his spear into the hero’s unprotected back. The dying Siegfried relives the experience of waking Brünnhilde.

When Siegfried’s body is returned to the hall, Hagen admits killing him and claims the ring as his own, but Gunther opposes him. They fight, and Gunther is killed. Hagen reaches for the ring, but the dead Siegfried’s hand rises in warning and Hagen backs away.

Brünnhilde arrives, now fully aware of everything that has happened. At her command, a funeral pyre is built. She praises Siegfried even as she regrets his treachery. Then she addresses the gods, telling them that she will give them the peace Wotan desires. After removing the ring Siegfried’s finger, she puts it on her own and sets the pyre aflame. She walks into the flame to join Siegfried in death, bequeathing the ring to the Rhine. The Rhine overflows. Hagen attempts to seize the ring, but the Rhine Daughters drag him down and recover the ring. The flames flare up, and Valhalla is destroyed. Brünnhilde’s sacrifice has finally cleansed the ring of its curse and restored the natural order.

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